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Symptoms of aspergers syndrome

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On this page I have listed the symptoms of aspergers syndrome, however it important to note that each child is an individual and each may have a different set with some or all of the following symptoms. Also the degree to which children are affected can be mild to severe.

One of the main areas is that children with aspergers syndrome are easily overwhelmed by seemingly small changes in their environment, for example smells and noises. My daughter notices new paint smells for example

These children can become very anxious and worry obsessively when they do not know what to expect, and what is going to happen next.This makes it essential that we as parents and care are very clear about what is going to happen and when. This can take a lot of planning and needs understanding family members and teachers who will help you to create some kind of timetable of events before an outing, or change of routine.

We have found that a mixture of worry , tiredness and sensory overload can really affect our daughters ability to cope, sometimes she will regress back to needing everything done for her again. This can start off very subtly until we realise how much she has changed and can start to find out what is causing the problems. Tantrums and meltdowns can occur when the child is out of control or over stimulated.

Symptoms of aspergers syndrome

The symptoms of aspergers syndrome fall mainly into three areas or a triad of impaiment:

SOCIAL INTEGRATION

Does not seek out affection and may not like being touched at all or on certain areas of their bodies In my daughters instance her head is a no go area.

Eye contact, this may be in avoiding eye contact or in being unable to modulate their eye contact Foer example my daughter avoids looking at people she does not know very very well, but has always kept overly intense eye contact with us.

Unable to play with or make friends with peers, again this can vary, my daughter has learnt(with our help) to play with other children but she can easily become out of control and will lash out, as she cannot read social clues.

Unable to fully understand what other people are feeling, although most of the parents I know report very loving, caring children. My daughter is learning about loving(she will touch my face in an adult manner and stroke it.

Social skills and manners need to be taught.

COMMUNICATION

These children learn to speak at around the normal age, they usually have large a vocabulary, but can often have stilted odd speech and may sound like a little proffessor. At times this can lead to some very amusing conversations.

Conversations may be very one way on their parts, and they may only wish to talk about their particular special interest.

My daughter will often use very adult phrases and words, this can be misleading as children may not understand language as well as they use it. In my daughters case she regresses in her understanding of language in times of stress.

Many of these children find visual prompts easier to understand than lots of verbal commands which can be very confusing. It is best to only give one very clear instruction at a time and to give child more time to respond than you would normally. I can almost see my daughters brain working as she struggles to find an answer sometimes.

These children often have a literal and concrete understanding of language and the world around them. They may not understand jokes or sacasm, taking your comments literally.

And the third set of symptoms of aspergers syndrome fall under:

IMAGINATION

Lack of imaginative play can be a problem as children learn a lot about life through this type of play. These children will often be quite repetetive in their play, only playing with a limited range of toys.

They may line cars and other objects up, my daughter uses lego but will only build a tower. She plays with a duplo train set in that she builds it and puts the train on it.

A lack of interest in sharing and showing toys or things of interest to them also has its problems.

Try this banana test for fun: Take a banana and pretend to use it as a telephone, then offer your child the ‘phone’and see their reaction. Most ‘normal’ children of a certain age will play along. My daughter looked at me as though I was mad and said “thats not a telephone’ she refused to play along.

As well as these three areas some other symptoms of aspergers syndrome include:

A strong dislike to changes in routine, for example driving a different route to school.

Lack of concentration for things they are not interested in. Poor coordination

Restricted range of interests

Good memories for literal facts, my daughter has a good long term memory but will forget what I sent her upstairs to do 2 minutes ago.

There may be stereotyped behaviours such as hand flapping and rocking; however these are coping mechanisms as a result of anxiety or stress.

What we need to remember always is that our children are unique and see the world with different eyes.